Over one hundred foster carers and their families joined former care leavers in a special ceremony on Friday 8 December, 2017 at The Royal Lounge, Wembley.
The annual ‘Foster Carers Ball and Award Ceremony’ was a tribute to the hard work and commitment Brent foster carers have shown over the last twelve months in providing nurturing and supportive homes for children and young people who are unable to stay with their birth families. The event, attended by the Leader of Brent Council, Councillor Bobby Thomas, Councillor Arshad Mahmood who is the Deputy Mayor of Brent, and Dawn Butler, MP for Brent Central, saw 14 foster carers recognised individually for demonstrating exceptional commitment to their fostering roles.
Amongst them were Ania and Stan Gryko who have been fostering for two years.
“We were surprised and obviously overwhelmed to find out that our work had been recognised. There are so many foster carers who do a wonderful job and to be nominated out of all those carers was a privilege for us. I would also like to add that wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the support and guidance of our lovely social workers who really help us in our fostering role.”
Shabana and Dennis Fazaldin, who have fostered eight children in the last 12 months, also received an award.
“We were both shocked as we weren’t expecting an award! Fostering means a lot to me because I was fostered and it was such a positive experience – in fact my back up carer is actually my foster mum! Fostering was always something that myself and Dennis both wanted to do and I am so glad we did it. We have enjoyed looking after every child who has come into our care. Our children love it too!”
The night was capped off by inspiring guest performances from young people including Brent care leaver, Caroline MacGinnis (also known as CeeCee), who performed a number of musical hits, followed by Ric Flo, a former care leaver and now successful spoken word artist.
Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, said:
“It was truly inspiring to meet so many foster carers who were committed to providing the best possible outcome for vulnerable children and young people in care. Their hard work and dedication demonstrates how important it is to have stable, supportive foster homes to enable the next generation of young people to excel in their abilities, just like Caroline and Ric have done.”
Brent Council also thanked Tottenham Hotspur football club, The Body Shop (Wembley), Lindt (Wembley), Tesco (Brent Park) and Quintain who all supported the event.
For anyone wanting to find out more about fostering please visit www.brent.gov.uk/fostering or call 020 8937 4538 for an informal chat.
Alternatively, drop into the next fostering information session at 5.45pm on Thursday 4 January 2018, at Brent Civic Centre, Wembley.